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The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business
Patrick Lencioni


9780470941522
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Format: Hardcover, 256pp.
ISBN: 9780470941522
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: March 20, 2012

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There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides.

Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified. Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave. Lencioni’s first non-fiction book provides leaders with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health—complete with stories, tips and anecdotes from his experiences consulting to some of the nation’s leading organizations. In this age of informational ubiquity and nano-second change, it is no longer enough to build a competitive advantage based on intelligence alone. The Advantage provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a new way—one that maximizes human potential and aligns the organization around a common set of principles.


 
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• "An organization has integrity—is healthy—when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations, strategy and culture fit together and make sense." Pg. 16


 

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Patrick Lencioni (San Francisco, CA) is founder and president of The Table Group, a consulting firm dedicated to building healthy organizations. He is author of many bestselling books including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, a fixture on national bestseller lists. His clients include General Mills, Microsoft and Southwest Airlines, plus sports, military and non-profit organizations, universities, and churches. The Wall Street Journal called him one of the most sought-after business speakers in the U.S. Previously he was an executive for Sybase and Oracle and a consultant at Bain & Co.



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Introduction7
 
The Case for Organizational Health11
The Four Disciplines27
Discipline 1: Build a Cohesive Leadership Team31
Discipline 2: Create Clarity91
Discipline 3: Over-communicate Clarity163
Discipline 4: Reinforce Clarity173
The Centrality of Great Meetings199
Seize the Advantage217
 
More Resources223
Acknowledgements225
About the Author227



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